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Murmurs: Don’t Look Now, But They’re Drinking in Old Town.

At least 315 cars have been towed from the Old Town Entertainment District since December, when the city started closing down six blocks in Northwest on weekends (and certain drinking holidays)    More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: When a Quarter Mil of Your Money Isn’t Enough.

While Oregon education czar Rudy Crew is pushing a reform agenda in Salem, he’s hoping to moonlight so he can add to his $280,000-a-year state salary (see “Wrecking Crew,” WW, Jan. 16, 2013).    More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Sincerely Yours, the Breakfast Club.

The Bureau of Development Services has suspended four commercial electrical inspectors and fired one after an investigation found they were loafing at a Northwest Industrial District diner. Sources fa   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News that Grants You Total Consciousness.

The fluoride battle this week produced a phone-book-sized collection of voters pamphlet statements, with 46 pages of arguments for fluoridation and a whopping 85 against. Most supporting arguments   More
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: The City’s Old Town Plan Goes From Gold to Dust.

The Grove Hotel, a $3.7 million Portland Development Commission project to revitalize Old Town-Chinatown, is on life support. City emails obtained by WW show David Gold—lead partner in the pla   More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Bogdanski Files Suit Against Art Tax and a Farewell to Kathie Durbin

But can you use the bill as rolling papers?

It’s not like Jack Bogdanski to be coy. The Lewis & Clark Law School professor, best known by the nom de blog Bojack, is ever willing to skewer local officials and the media. But this week   More
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Lawmakers Close A Public-Health Loophole.

The Oregon Senate voted 29-0 this week to require restaurants run by public entities to undergo routine health inspections. The legislation was prompted by a WW story in December that reported the O   More
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: After a Death, Rolling Back the Sidewalk Debate.

Political pressure has been increasing on Mayor Charlie Hales to restore $1.2 million for sidewalk construction on Southeast 136th Avenue, after a 5-year-old girl, Morgan Maynard-Cook, was struck an   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Wasting time on the public payroll? Blame Canada.

City officials were flushed with pride last November over news that the Portland Loo open-air public restroom they sold to Victoria, B.C., had been voted “Canada’s Best Toilet” in a national p   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: We Could Charge County Officials to Use the Loo.

When voters approved a new taxing district for the Multnomah County Library last fall, they also crunched the City of Portland’s budget. That’s because the new taxing district squeezed out $10 m   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

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